Happy Friday PP fans, it’s Elsie here and today I want to show you a way you can use your scraps to create a classic Autumnal wreath! For this page I used my newest ‘scrappy collection crush’: Whimsical!
I’m such a hoarder when it comes to pretty patterned paper, so I find myself saving every last bit of it! Since owning a manual die-cutting machine, using my scraps with my metal dies has become one of my favourite techniques.
For this page I used all of the leafy dies I own. Incase you are wondering, my dies aren’t from a particular brand/collection, because I find most of them secondhand/cheaply on eBay!
However, if you don’t own a manual die-cutting machine, you could use your electronic one, or cut some much simpler leaf shapes by hand. The results might not be as intricate, but I guarantee that you would still achieve a pretty Autumnal wreath!
So I spent some time going through my scraps/papers and cutting the leaves with my die-cutting machine. I love this process, because it’s so satisfying watching oddly shaped scraps transform into the most beautiful shapes!
And I’ll be honest, I got a little overexcited and now I have soooo many leaves die-cuts left over! But I’ve stashed them away to use on future layouts… I think I honestly have enough for another 300 pages!!
I arranged my die-cut leaves in a rainbow order around a circular frame, which I backed with a large photo. I love how busy and colourful the wreath is, but a smaller photograph would just get lost amongst all of the leaves, so using a large photo is a perfect counterbalance to that!
To embellish I followed a tone-on-tone technique and used pieces from the die-cuts, chipboard, stickers, enamel shapes and rub-ons. This creates a much more detailed and layered design. My favourite pieces are the die-cut pink bunny and purple butterfly with gold foil details!
And lastly, I kept my title small by using a rub-on which says ‘you make me smile’ in a lovely blue typewriter font, and I used a gold foil frame sticker (from the mini sticker book) to help it stand out a little more.